Frequently asked questions

Reality Rally is a “Fun for Funds” weekend-long charity event in Southern California, created by "Survivor: Gabon" contestant, Gillian Larson. Net proceeds benefit Temecula-based Michelle's Place Breast Cancer Resource Center www.michellesplace.org/. Please click the link for Gillian Larson's Story. The event is run entirely by dedicated volunteers

Gillian read Michelle’s Story years ago and was struck by the tragedy Michelle and her family faced because of a misdiagnosis. She vowed that if she ever had the opportunity to raise funds and awareness of what the Center provides, she would, to help prevent another family facing that same tragedy. This vow is being fulfilled by Reality Rally and all that make it possible.

Temecula in Southern California’s beautiful wine country.

If you are within a 3.5 hour or less drive to Temecula from your home address, you are considered a “LOCAL” star. Local stars must raise $450 by the deadline date February 10th. Your arrival day is Thursday.

You are considered a "Distant" Star if your drive is more than 3.5 hours or fly into Southern California. Distant stars can choose to either:

  1. Raise the required $500 by the February 10th deadline.
  2. Pay for your own flight and raise $100 by the February 10th deadline, or drive and pay your own expenses.

Your arrival day is Thursday.

Yes, Thursday arrival is mandatory for all stars.

You’ll receive emails regarding your next step and be guided through the registration process.

  • Reality Rally Participation Rules - You will need to read, agree to and submit the form stating that you have read the participation rules as soon as possible.
  • Bio and Picture - New Stars: Please send both as soon as possible. Returning Stars: We will use your most recent bio and pic.
  • Fundraising Link - As soon as we have received your agreement to the Participation Rules and your bio/pic, your fundraising link will be sent to you. (See Fundraising below)
  • Important Emails - Event information from Lily Holland, our Executive Director, Celebrity Relations, will be sent throughout the registration process up to the last day of the event lily@realityrally.com

Reality Rally is a huge event that requires a massive effort to ensure that the weekend proceeds in a safe and appropriate manner that can be enjoyed by everyone. The goal of the Participation Rules is to help make the coordination of our event as seamless as possible while maximizing the fundraising for our charity. The Participation Rules will need to be read, agreed to and returned to us as soon as possible in order to move forward in the registration process.

It's your place to shine on your Bio page at RealityRally.com

  • Bio: A paragraph or more telling about yourself and why you do charity work.
  • Picture: Any picture you like of yourself or from your show.
  • Check out other star bios/pics on the “Reality Star” drop down at the top bar of the website.

Starting on Thursday and ending on Sunday when you depart Reality Rally.

  • Thursday:
    • All Stars arrive at resort to register for event and resort check in.
    • Lip Sync Showcase at Pala Mesa Resort
  • Friday:
    • 3:30pm - Visit to Michelle’s Place to meet the Watson family and see the center.
    • 5:30-10:00pm - Celebrity Red Carpet Reception and Feeling Lucky Casino Night at Wilson Creek Winery. (Casino money not provided, please bring cash/credit cards to purchase)
    • DJ After Party at Pala Mesa Resort, optional.
  • Saturday:
    • 8:00 - Leave for City Hall and breakfast.
    • 9:15 - Introductions to Teams in Opening ceremonies.
    • 10:00-1:30pm - Reality Rally Amazing Race type game, 16 and over.
    • 2:00-4:00pm - Celebrity Autograph Zone at City Hall
    • 2:00-4:00pm - Reality Rally Festival: Kidz Zone, Family Fun & more at City Hall Square
    • 4:00 Buses return to Pala Mesa Resort 
    • 6:00 Leave for Fazeli Winery (not mandatory)
    • 7:00-9:00 - Celebrity Chefs Showcase - Chef vs Chef in a Chopped like competition
    • 9:00 - Bus returns to Pala Mesa Resort
    • 9:30-1:00 After Party at Pala Mesa Resort, optional.
  • Sunday:
    • Stars travel home

Pala Mesa Resort  Enjoy Executive Chef Sean Sullivan’s culinary creations in the Aqua Terra bar and restaurant coupled with vintages overlooking their championship golf course. Dine al fresco on their aqua terrace patio where the lively ambiance is accentuated by panoramic views of the surrounding hills and lush green golf course. Click the link above for menu, golf and all that Pala Mesa has to offer.

All of our events are mandatory for Stars*, beginning on Thursday the first day of the event, through Sunday when you depart. The public pays to come to these events and meet you, as promoted in all our materials. The Celebrity Chef Showcase and after-parties at Pala Mesa Resort are not mandatory. (*Celebrity Chefs must attend the Showcase)

Your credit card will be charged for your half of the room (approx $65.00 plus tax) for the night of the missed event. If you raised over $1,000 and have a private room, your credit card will be charged the full room amount (approx $130.00) as per your signed agreement upon registering. Please alert your Handler (see below) in advance to any problems that might prevent you from being at any part of the weekend.

This must be prearranged with our Celebrity Relations Director, Lily Holland, before February 10th. The $500 fundraised amount must still be met.

If your donation amount is under $1,000 by the by the February 10th deadline, your roommate will be assigned to you. Rooms are assigned based on arrival date, gender and compatibility. Budget constraints dictate that we book and fill rooms early. Changes cost us money and take away from our charity.

Yes, raise $1000 by the February 10th deadline to have a guest (non reality star) in your room.

Normal temperatures in April are in the high 70’s daytime, high 50’s at night. Please check our Private Facebook Reality Rally Star Line Up group for weather information as we get closer to the event.

Thursday Night is outside, casual/warm
Friday is inside and outside, Red Carpet attire/dressy
Saturday Afternoon/Night is outside business casual or casual
**Note Parties are outside and tend to be cool or cold, please dress accordingly**

You will be given your Reality Rally Red Star t-shirt on arrival, which is to be worn Saturday morning. Wear active-wear so you are comfortable when you play the Game.

Reality Rally Volunteers will be in the “Green Room” and will put your belongings securely away in a bag provided for you and labeled with your name. We do not advise bringing valuables. Carry your cash and credit cards on you.

All meals and snacks are sponsored and as much as we try to accommodate special dietary needs, we cannot promise that a sponsor will come on board to provide them.

No. Do NOT bring your OWN alcohol into any of our venues or our host hotel bars, restaurant or lobby. Our sponsors benefit from alcohol purchases. Bringing your own alcohol jeopardizes our sponsorship and insurance policy and you will be asked to leave immediately.

Reality Rally will open a fundraising page at Network For Good for you and put your Bio and Picture on our website that links to your fundraising page. Never use a previous years fundraising link/page. (See above Bio and Picture)

Please mail checks to:

Reality Rally, Inc., 41893 Niblick Rd, Temecula, Ca. 92591

Please make payable to Reality Rally, Inc., put the name of the person you are donating to in the "memo" area and include the donors email address. 

 

Please mail checks to:

Reality Rally, Inc., 41893 Niblick Rd, Temecula, Ca. 92591

Please make payable to Reality Rally, Inc., put the name of the person you are donating to in the "memo" area and include the donors email address. 

Reality Rally does not have a Corporate Sponsor that covers all Star expenses and this is the only way we can do this event and have the funds for our charity. $400 is the cost to Michelle’s Place for an uninsured woman/man to receive a mammogram. $100 offsets expenses that might impact our charity. Your donation will provide much needed resources and support for women and their families during a difficult time in their lives.

Reality Rally is a charity event and we must be mindful of our spending. The deadline date is needed not only for budgeting purposes, enabling us to book the best deals we can for resort rooms, airfare and event venues, but also allowing time for printing of promotional materials, t-shirts, etc., for the event. The more money that we can save, the more Michelle's Place will benefit. Remember, the deadline is only for the initial $500 minimum donation. We encourage you to continue to raise funds for this amazing charity right up to the last minute!

Yes, Local Stars start with a $50 credit under Gas Credit for locals. You will need to raise $450.00, bringing your total to the required $500 by the February10th deadline. PLEASE NOTE: A $1000 donation by the February 10th deadline is still required for a private room and one VIP Guest Pass for a non-reality star. (see below).

As soon as you have returned the Reality Rally Participation Rules agreement, along with your bio and photo, we will set up a fundraising page for you and send you your fundraising link. Please post and email it out to everyone you know to alert them to your fundraising effort. Your link can also be found by clicking on the donate button on your bio page.

February 10th. NO EXCEPTIONS. The full amount can be fundraised or personally donated by the deadline. To qualify for a private room and VIP Guest Pass, you must raise or donate $1,000 by the February 10 deadline.

We encourage continued fundraising efforts beyond our February 10 qualifying deadline. Below are the Star Recognition Levels. The deadline to be included in the Star Recognition Levels is April 1st.

  • $1000 - $1299 Bronze Star Level = Certificate
  • $1300 - $2099 Silver Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place and Certificate
  • $2100 - $4999 Gold Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place, Red Carpet and Certificate
  • $5000+ Super Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place, Red Carpet and Opening Ceremony and Certificate
  • Super Star Top Fundraiser receives all the above and a Trophy

Reach out and find a company who would like to donate a minimum of $500 to your fund, we will add their logo, linked to their company website, onto your bio page as a sponsor. This provides them with company recognition and the global reach we have though our event. This fulfills your $500 requirement

A corporate match is a company that will match your fundraising amount on your personal fundraising page. When you send out your appeal email and posts, ask if anyone can give you a Corporate Match of funds raised. Most companies do have that available if asked. You provide Gillian@realityrally.com with their contact email and Michelle’s Place provides them with what they need. Once the money is received it goes into your fundraising amount.

Same as above. You provide Gillian@realityrally.com with their contact email and Michelle’s Place provides them with what they need. Once the money is received it goes into your fundraising amount.

Here is a list of Fundraising Ideas & Fundraising Templates.  Plus you can google for additional ideas.

Your required $500 donation, received by the February 10th deadline, provides for a hotel room shared with another Reality Star, 3 meals/snacks, VIP entrance to each party (no guests), transportation to all events (no guests), security, and you will be included in all promotional materials, access to radio and podcast interviews. No alcohol provided during the weekend, but will be available for purchase. Do NOT bring your OWN alcohol into any of our venues or host hotel restaurant, as this jeopardizes our insurance policy and you will be asked to leave immediately.

Your $1,000 donation, received by the February 10th deadline, provides all of the above, with a private room and one VIP Guest Pass for a non-reality star only, which includes transportation to all events, VIP access to parties, 3 meals/snacks, shared room with you.

Your $1,000 donation, received by the February 10th deadline, allows you to invite one guest (non-reality star) to join you for the Reality Rally “Fun for Funds” weekend, which includes: Transportation to all events, VIP access to parties, 3 meals/snacks, shared room with you. We DO NOT cover flight or travel costs for any guests. Flights MUST be paid by guests. If they are your $1000 VIP Guest we include them in airport transfers when coordinated with our travel agent on or before February 10th. The REALITY STAR VIP GUEST will NOT be allowed to be in the autograph area, on the Red Carpet during the Red Carpet Parade or to play The Game with you, unless they buy a game ticket and their team raises $1000 to request you (see game rules below under “The Game”).

You will need to make arrangements for your VIP Guest to stay in another room at their own expense. Reality Rally is not be responsible for additional rooms.

We are only able to provide a private room and VIP Guest Pass to Stars who reach $1,000 on or before the deadline date of February 10th. You will receive recognition for your fundraised level amount during our event based on your fundraising level totals on the April 1st deadline date.

Yes, a fundraising page must be on our Website for each star attending Reality Rally. Paying your flight covers $400 of your requirement. You still have $100 to raise or personally donate. Stars raising $1000 and over on the April 1st deadline date receive special recognition during the weekend.

No, donations raised cannot be refunded. Once donated, the money goes to our wonderful charity, Michelle’s Place.http://www.michellesplace.org/

No, everyone must raise their own funds.

All monies raised will go to Michelle’s Place. There are no refunds.

No. Everyone must fundraise on their own. The money that you raised will be given to our charity, Michelle's Place http://www.michellesplace.org/ , providing a mammogram for an uninsured woman or ultrasound for a man.

There will be an ongoing list updated often on the website that will show amounts raised and also self paid flights/local gas credit amounts. This will be a gauge for the public to see who they may want to donate to.

Watch for VIP Experience package sales starting October 2016. Do not miss this amazing opportunity. Only $1000.00 package valued at $2164

$1000.00 = VIP Experience package for up to 2 person(s) - Deadline to purchase Fan Packages February 10, 2016 ($2164 Value)

VIP Experience Package includes:
Airport Transport on Thursday and Sunday ONLY at San Diego Airport if coordinated with our travel agent.
1 room for 3 nights for 2 people at Pala Mesa Resort, the host hotel. Add a 3rd person to the room for $500.00
3rd person added at $500 gives an additional ticket to all events and all other benefits
2 audience tickets for thursday night Pala Mesa Resort Lip Sync Showdown: Celebrity vs Public Competition.
2 tickets for friday night Wilson Creek Red Carpet & Casino Tickets
2 tickets for Saturday Festival
2 tickets for the Saturday night Celebrity Chef Showcase
Saturday Game Ticket for 2 people or 3rd if purchased
Choice of one Star to race with on your team.
Personal introduction with your one chosen Star
3 meals and snacks
Intervenue transport with the Stars
1 Swag Bag
Personal Celebrity Handler
Celebrity Green Room access
Front of the Line Autograph access and complementart Commemorative Program
Red Carpet photos after the Stars (see VIP Fan fundraising levels)
Visit to Michelle’s Place Breast Cancer Resource Center
VIP Lanyard All Access Pass
Watch for sales for 2017 starting Ocober 2016.

See additional benefits to Fundraising

VIP FAN PACKAGE FUNDRAISING GOALS

Fan package purchase cost is NOT included in fundraising goal totals.

$1000 - $1299 VIP Bronze Star Level = Certificate and Senate Recognition Certificate
$1300 - $2099 VIP Silver Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place and Certificate(s)
$2100 - $4999 VIP Gold Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place & on Red Carpet, Certificate Press interview on Thursday
$4,000 U Turn Game Advantage = Each $4000 raised = 1 U Turn Game Advantage
$5000+ VIP Super Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place, Red Carpet and Opening Ceremony, plus Certificate Press interview on Thursday and Live Stream interview on Saturday with your chosen star and professional picture
Super Star VIP Top Fundraiser receives all the above and a Trophy

Yes, by the April 1st deadline (Fan package purchase is not included in fundraising totals)

  • $1000 - $1299 VIP Bronze Star Level = Certificate and Senate Recognition Certificate
  • $1300 - $2099 VIP Silver Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place and Certificate
  • $2100 - $4999 VIP Gold Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place & on Red Carpet, Certificate Press interview on Thursday
  • $4,000 U Turn Game Advantage = Each $4000 raised = 1 U Turn Game Advantage
  • $5000+ VIP Super Star Level = Recognition at Michelle’s Place, Red Carpet and Opening Ceremony, plus Certificate Press interview on Thursday and Live Stream interview on Saturday with your chosen star and professional picture
  • Super Star VIP Top Fundraiser receives all the above and a Trophy

It’s the Reality Star/VIP Guest/ Fan side of Reality Rally. It consists of the Celebrity Relations Director and Handlers. If you have any questions pertaining to the star side of the event you can contact Lily@Realityrally.com. Once you are confirmed as a Star attending Reality Rally you will be connected with your handler by the Celebrity Relations Director, Lily Holland.

You will be assigned a "Handler" who will be your contact person throughout the Reality Rally. He/She will be the person that you should go to with any questions before and during your time at Reality Rally. Your Handler is a good resource for information. They are there to help you and to make your weekend hassle free.

After the Fundraising deadline date, February 10th, you will receive an email from our Celebrity Relations Director, Lily Holland, introducing you to your Handler and including their contact information.

Yes, if we are still lucky enough to have him/her volunteering for us, your previous Handler will automatically be assigned to you. You will receive an email from our Celebrity Relations Director, Lily Holland, giving you your Handler’s updated information as soon as you reach your required $500 donation goal.

Raise $500 for our charity by the February 10th deadline date, and we cover your airfare up to $400 (ONLY). (Upgrades, Early Check-In, Baggage Costs, etc. are NOT covered by Reality Rally)
OR
Paying for your own flight and raising $100 by the February 10th deadline date meets our required $500 fundraising goal. To be included in our Ground Transportation jasonlosborn@gmail.com, flights MUST be coordinated with our Travel Agent jillghiers@gmail.com. Please send us your flight itinerary by the February 10th deadline date which confirms your attendance at Reality Rally. (Upgrades, Early Check-In, Baggage Costs, etc. are NOT covered by Reality Rally)

You must immediately contact our Celebrity Relations Director Lily@realityrally.com We will guide you in requesting a Medical Exemption for a medical excuse hold, which must be done by you. If you are a No Show, you will be billed for the airfare and your room for reimbursement to Michelle’s Place our event charity.

As soon as you reach your $500 required donation you will then go into travel plans (air and ground). You will be connected to our Travel Agent who will make all your flight arrangements. If you are unable to book at that time, please explain the circumstances and the date that you can be booked. NO flights will be booked after February10th. The sooner flights are booked, the better the chance of a good rate.

No, but please keep in mind we cannot provide airport transportation for you to and from Temecula, on Thursday and Sunday only, if you have not coordinated your travel arrangements with our sponsored travel agent and provide Reality Rally with your itinerary no later than the February 10th deadline.

As soon as you reach your required $500 donation, we will then put you in touch with our travel agent and you can work with her to book your flights. You will be responsible for payment of your guest's airfare at the time of booking. Your guest will be included in the ground transportation at no cost to you, if your flight plans are arranged with our travel agent. A private room and VIP Guest Pass will only be issued if you raise $1,000 by the February 10th deadline.

After you raise your $100 and book your own flight, we will need a copy of your flight itinerary by February 10, which confirms your attendance at Reality Rally. Only then can we can add you to the 2016 Star Lineup, any printed materials, book resort rooms, ground transportation, etc. We are contracted to do our final bookings on February 11th.

After your bio/pic is up on the website and you have submitted the Reality Rally Participation Rules agreement and have raised your required $100, you can book your flight and provide us with your itinerary no later than the February 10th deadline. You MUST first coordinate with our travel agent if you intend to use our ground transportation to and from Temecula. We only transport from San Diego airport on Thursday and Sunday to coordinate with our arrivals and departures.

Immediately contact our Travel Agent first, then Ground Transportation and, thirdly, your Handler. You will have all their numbers.

Yes, you can arrange with our Travel Agent to book your flight for the dates you'd like to travel at no extra cost to you. Any amount over $400 will be your responsibility to cover. Please keep in mind that ground transportation to and from the airport is provided only on Thursday and Sunday, and must be pre-arranged with our Travel Agent and Ground Transportation. You are responsible for any arrangements and costs that do not fall within our event dates, Thursday-Saturday night.

Our Travel Agent coordinates all arrivals and departures to facilitate our ground transfer schedule. If you are booking your own flight you must coordinate arrival and departure times with our Travel Agent if you would like to use our ground transport, otherwise you are responsible for your own transport to and from Temecula. We only transport to and from San Diego airport, so please contact our travel agent for that information. We do not make any other ground transport arrangements

You will receive complete information from our Ground Transport Volunteer Director closer to the event dates.

Contact our Ground Transportation Director as soon as possible. You will have this information in your email.

You must book your flight and provide us with your itinerary no later than the February 10th deadline. You do not have to use our travel agent to book your flight, but we cannot provide transportation for you to and from Temecula if you have not coordinated with her.

Alcohol is available for purchase at some venues so Reality Rally provided transport is your Designated Driver and we encourage you to ride our shuttle transport to mandatory events for yours and others safety. In addition, Reality Rally pays for each seat on our inter-venue transport and not using your purchased seat takes money away from our charity.

ONLY if your fundraising amount is $1,000 by the deadline, February 10th. You will then be given one non-reality star VIP guest pass that will allow transportation and tickets to all events with you. No exceptions. All others will need to find their own transportation to events. We pay for every seat.

Yes, at your own expense. Raising your $1,000 donation, received by the February 10th deadline, allows you to invite one guest (non-reality star) to join you for the Reality Rally “Fun for Funds” weekend.

Reality Rally is a 3 hr “The Amazing Race” style game, completing 12 challenges all around Old Town Temecula. These challenges are put on by various Temecula organizations on Saturday in April 8, 2016 , from 9:00- 1:00pm. Please check out our The Game link for more information.

No, Stars cannot pick their team mates. Public teams are raising money to have the opportunity to choose a Star for their team.

Yes, They must buy a Game ticket off the website.

Yes, In order to choose you they will need to raise $1,000.

Yes, but they cannot compete in any challenges or help you in any way.

All 4 team members must return to the Finish Line and report to the Finish Line Coordinator. You will then be assigned a Substitute to finish the Game.

If you feel you are unable to play the game after watching the video The Game, or from previous experience, please email Lily@realityrally.com. We will assign you to be one of the Checkpoint Stars.

Once you have raised your $500 and are included in the weekend, any Team that has raised $1,000 can chose you to be their Star on their team. From then on, both your Fundraising amount and theirs will be combined to work towards $4,000, earning a game U-Turn that allows you to skip a challenge of your choice. This is a huge game advantage if used wisely. Please see The Game